Developing Early Reading Skills – Batty Phonics

Throughout Reception and Years 1 and 2, children participate in daily Batty Phonic sessions. Batty Phonics teaches children the 26 letter sounds through stories, actions and dance. This is then extended to introduce the remaining letter sounds, including vowel digraphs (‘ai’, ‘ee’, etc), consonant digraphs (‘th’, ‘st’, etc) and split digraphs (‘o-e’ as in bone).  It helps children to hear the sound, recognise the letter and write the letter correctly, as well as write and read words/sentences.

Here is a complete set of all the stories we use in lessons:

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At the end of Year 1, children have to complete a Phonic Screener Test along with every Year 1 child in the whole country.  For the past few years children have had to read 32 words out of 40, in order to pass.  If a child does not pass then they have to re-sit the screener in Year 2.  Below are slides from a presentation given to Year 1 parents about the screener.

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PowerPoint – Year 1 Phonic Check 2015